6(66) Questions with Jeamus Wilkes

– Interview by Linnea Linton

jeamusJeamus Wilkes is a Denver Horror Collective member, host of Jeamus After Midnight Podcast, and editor of The Epitaph.

1. Name one horror author you admire and explain how they help you become a better writer?

Peter Straub. Straub helps me become a better writer because of his beautiful use of language blended with professional execution of creating dread and scenes of absolute terror. His work is un-commercial in the best possible way, yet utterly accessible in readability and makes my imagination’s flesh crawl like no other writer. It helps me become a better writer in knowing that I can aim for the story first, and cut the commercial crap right out. His novel Shadowland is probably my favorite book I’ve ever read, and I read it at least once a year.

2. What author did you dislike at first but grew into?

H.P. Lovecraft. I think I associated his name too much with gaming and protracted paragraphs (that sounds like a swipe at gaming culture when it really isn’t; at one time I just felt like Lovecraft’s world was over-appropriated in it), but when I revisited his work a few years ago I came to appreciate it on my own terms and made my own discoveries in his work. He’s a controversial figure, but—at this point, at least—I’ve decided to appreciate the artist. Chew on the meat and spit out the bones, to use a blunt horror metaphor.

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Denver Horror Epitaph

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We’re all shivers as we announce the unveiling of the Denver Horror Epitaph, the official newsletter of the Denver Horror Collective!

Our unnerving monthly e-newsletter will

  • loop you in on the Mile High City’s burgeoning literary horror scene
  • chill you with original dark writings and cartoons
  • disturb you with interviews of local horror creators
  • and update you on the latest goings-on at the Denver Horror Collective!

SUBSCRIBE to monthly email issues of the Epitaph and enter in a drawing to receive a signed copy of Terror at 5280′, our upcoming horror fiction anthology!

 

Frights and Flights with Lanie Goodell on April 28

Denver Horror Collective is now a co-sponsor of this recurring event at Bookbar with our very own Tom Mavroudis as host!

This month on Sunday, April 28 @ 6 pm we feature Lanie Goodell, single mom and horror author from Denver reading from Salvagium, a romantic horror novel set in the picturesque mountains of Vermont.

RSVP here!

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Jeamus After Midnight Podcast #2: Josh Schlossberg Interview and Folk Horror Discussion

Jeamus_After_Midnight_PodbeanIn this second episode of the Jeamus After Midnight Podcast, Jeamus interviews author and journalist Josh Schlossberg, a damned fine writer who mixes it up with the macabre. Later in the episode we have a brief discussion about the very big subject of American Folk Horror.

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Jeamus After Midnight Podcast #1: Brains and Origins

Jeamus_After_Midnight_PodbeanIn this pilot episode of Jeamus After Midnight (sponsored by Denver Horror Collective), artist and author Jeamus Wilkes flies solo in a fifteen minute monologue about creative brains, the origins of stuff, sobriquets, what meaneth “horror”, and the road ahead for the podcast… all with a delightfully creepy, blizzardy soundtrack.

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Call for Submissions: Terror at 5280’

Call for Submissions: Terror at 5280’

Denver Horror Press is seeking the best in local horror fiction to publish in our upcoming anthology, Terror at 5280’.

We’re looking for short stories related to or taking place in or around Denver, Colorado (bonus points for including local lore or haunts) written by authors currently living in Colorado (stories written by those outside of Colorado will not be considered).

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Playing with Fear

– by Bobby Crew

Playing with your fears is the sure way to make them your friends, in my highly-valued opinion, that is. But before I explain… I’ll just show you an example of how I like to play. This prose poem below is how I turned one of my fears into who I now call Big D.

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A Tribute to Big D

I am well acquainted with Big D; we are beyond a first name basis, Death and I. A few times a year he drops by to see me, just to say hello—although sometimes I really wish he’d call first. I always like to clean up a little before guests come over. You know, shove everything in the closet and under the bed, vacuum, wash a few dishes, fill the rooms with sweet fragrance, and buy a bottle of tequila.

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